Expect everything from hiking to trail running to yoga to slacklining to camping! Throughout your 24 hours at camp you'll find active adventures going on every hour throughout our 75-acre green paradise.
Do you want to learn how to start a fire? Cast a fly fishing line? Pack for a multi-day trip? Tell a wicked story around the campfire? Our workshops are led by the best guides in NYC and are no pressure ways to learn skills before heading into the backcountry.
We'll have Salomon Academy: Trail Running 101 for total beginners, a Salomon 5K headlamp trail race for the intrepid and a 6-hour Salomon Ultra run for the truly passionate. All access passes *include* a free registration and Salomon demo shoes to try! Learn more about our June 2nd trail races here.
Whether you're cheering on the crazy ultra runners, dancing to this year's band, looking at the night sky through a telescope or just hanging out in a hammok with a cool Sierra Nevada, the campout will help you get away from it all.
Shots from last year's performance by Stephen Elliott ↑
This year, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout is crossing the harbor from Sunny's in Red Hook to join the campout!
Originally conceived in Boston in the mid 90s by the late bass legend, Tim Lüntzel, The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout ultimately found their stride in the dive bars of New York City, where their musical proficiency grew into a mix of soul, jazz, and r ’n’ b. In 2017, The Boog released "The Boog At Sunny's", a double album of the sweat, alcohol, and wild energy which has accompanied New York City's favorite bar band for two decades. Though the album was tragically to be Tim's last recording, the band is committed to carrying forth his unique spirit through the joy and power of the music and love he shared with all.
The Filson Fly Fishing Area
Ready to learn fly tying and fly casting? Head over to the Filson Fly Fishing area at the OutdoorFest 2018 Campout for a hands-on experience with expert guides from Freestone Expeditions. Fly tying is ongoing and fly casting classes run every 30 minutes, come on over to sign up.
10:00AM: Campgrounds open
11:00AM Yoga Session 1 - all levels by Pop Up Yoga NYC
11:30AM Salomon Academy: Trail Running 101
11:30AM Packing for long distance backpacking by the Appalachian Mountain Club
12:00PM Photography Workshop with Melissa Goodwin of Girl Gotta Hike
12:00PM Brooklyn Boulders presents Slacklining 101 with former professional slackliner Josh Greenwood!
12:30PM Trip Planning Essentials 101 by Destination Backcountry Adventures
1:00PM Salomon Ultra Run Begins
1:30PM Psychology of Survival by Destination Backcountry Adventures
2:30PM Map & Compass by Destination Backcountry Adventures
3:00PM: Adventure Cycling & Bikepacking by 718 Cyclery
3:00PM: Brooklyn Boulders presents Advanced Slacklining with former professional slackliner Josh Greenwood!
4:00PM Hike the Greenbelt with the Greenbelt Conservancy (approximately 4 miles)
5:00PM Backcountry Cooking & Nutrition by Destination Backcountry
6:00PM: Yoga Session 2 - all levels
7:00PM Fire building with the Appalachian Mountain Club
8:15PM Salomon 5K Headlamp Trail Run
9:30PM Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at The Stage in the Woods
11:00PM S'mores & Campfire Hanging
Sunday morning: Hang out, grab breakfast, go for a casual hike
**Please do not use the Google Maps address for Kaufman it will lead you astray!** For GPS use: 1215-1251 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY you will see the entrance to the "JCC camp" across the street from the school. That's where you turn.
No Car? No Problem.
Staten Island is actually pretty easy to get to! Just hop on the ferry at Whitehall (it's free) and enjoy a scenic 20ish minute ride to St. George Terminal.
Once you arrive at St. George, you can hop in one of our shuttles or grab a Lyft to the campsite.
Our shuttles cost $10 per person and will run at the following times:
Depart St. George: 9:30AM, 10:30AM, 11:30PM (Saturday)
Depart Kaufman Campgrounds: 8:00AM, 9:00AM, 10:00AM (Sunday)
For those taking the shuttle:
We will meet you at Passenger Pickup in a large 15 passenger van. Here’s a map circling said passenger pick up /drop off area: http://imgur.com/kwlbGpd. To get there, you'll follow the masses as you get off the ferry. In the main terminal hallway you'll see a bunch of "ramps". Turn left and walk all the way to the very end past the A ramp. At the end of the hallway there's a staircase on your left heading DOWN. At the bottom of that staircase is passenger pick-up.
Q. What's for dinner?
We'll have Mi Casa on-site selling delicious Columbian fare for lunch and dinner if you'd like to purchase food. Though, you're more than welcome to bring your own backcountry stoves, picnic, grills, or even food to cook over the campfire.
Note: it's a 10 minute walk from the parking lot to the campground so pack accordingly.
The water is potable (there are even bathrooms!) so please bring a water bottle. We'll also have beer from Sierra Nevada Saturday night and coffee Sunday morning.
Q. I purchased a shuttle pass, where do I go?
We will meet you at Passenger Pickup in a large 15 passenger van. Here’s a map circling said passenger pick up /drop off area: http://imgur.com/kwlbGpd. To get there, you'll follow the masses as you get off the ferry. In the main terminal hallway you'll see a bunch of "ramps". Turn left and walk all the way to the very end past the A ramp. At the end of the hallway there's a staircase on your left heading DOWN. At the bottom of those staircase is passenger pick-up.
Q. I forgot to book the shuttle !
Go here: http://outdoorfest.com/oops-i-forgot-to-book-the-shuttle
Q. Can I bring kids?
The full campout is only open to those 21 years of age and older. If you have kids that want to watch the 5K or Ultra Run they will be able to come hang out in the main run area during the runs.
Q. What should I bring?
Q. Do I need to bring fire starter, fishing gear, water purification methods?
Nope. The water tap is potable, we'll start the fires and Freestone will bring the fishing gear.
Q. Can I bring a dog, illegal substances or my own alcohol?
Q. I'm running the 5K, what time does that start?
A. Registration for the run goes from 7:30PM-8:00PM. Race begins at 8:15PM.
Q. Cell service? Wifi?
Yes! and... seriously?
Q. I have more questions...
A basic guide to packing for the campout:
Here are some suggestions: